Gas Turbines/Field Service Engineer, Air New Zealand
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
He loves having a career that enables him to see the world, says AUT engineering alumnus Danny Blakeman who now works as an engineer for Air New Zealand.
“In this role, I’m responsible for travelling worldwide to carry out on-site maintenance and technical support for aero-derivative gas turbine engines that are being used to operate oil and gas platforms, commercial and military marine vessels and power generation.
“What I love most about this career is the opportunity to see the world and work at multiple work sites. I also enjoy being able to broaden my knowledge and utilise the skills I acquired at AUT.”
Finding his passion
After growing up in a rural community and attending Piopio College, Danny first discovered his passion for engineering when he completed a level 2 national certificate in mechanical engineering through another tertiary provider.
“For me, this experience sparked a strong passion for engineering practices, and I became eager to take on the challenge of building my understanding and dive deeper into the mechanical engineering field.”
He soon realised that AUT would be the right university to study engineering.
“When I was on the hunt for a university that checks all the boxes, it became clear that AUT has a fast growing good reputation that is strongly supported by its practical approach to its engineering degrees. Coming from a small rural school, at first I found the transition to AUT a bit daunting, but I was quickly won over by the overall approach and atmosphere of AUT.”
Creating world-ready graduates
His AUT experience had many highlights, says Danny who graduated in August 2019.
“This included building good friendships with fellow students and with my lecturers through the multiple group projects and assignments. I also thoroughly enjoyed making the most of the wide range of high-class specialised technology I could access as an AUT student.
“My advice to future students would be to make the most of being at AUT and its vast range of technology. Be proactive and push through the hard times; never fear to leap at opportunities.”
In his career now, he constantly draws on skills he developed through his studies.
“AUT has given me the ability to think outside the box and link practical skills to theoretical knowledge. In the ever-changing environments I will be exposed to throughout my career, this supports the approach I take to work through the numerous challenges and problems that are involved.”